July 20th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
13 years ago

White House sends press corps al-Maliki praise for Obama plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/19/art.maliki.gi.jpg caption="al-Maliki praised Obama’s 16-month withdrawal plan in a newspaper report Saturday."]CRAWFORD, TX (CNN) - An embarrassing slip up for the White House press office Saturday, when an aide hit the wrong button and mistakenly sent to the news media a Reuters article saying Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki backs presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel says, "It was a mistake. Clips list for staff was supposed to be the addressee."

The Obama campaign quickly took advantage of the mistake, forwarding an ABC report detailing the incident to its press list.

This is not the first time the White House has emailed in error. But its timing is particularly embarrassing as the Bush administration's recent agreement with al-Maliki on a "general time horizon" for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq is being cited by some as resembling Obama's proposal that U.S. forces should leave within 16 months.

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  1. Shame


    You are a sad, sad person. On Hanity last night, they admitted that McCain got public funding for his trip just like Obama is getting now. No difference. They both used public funding. I agree with mike in carolline va. Please don't speak ignorance unless you have some truth to back it up.

    Why did reporters follow him and not McCain? Because Obama has it like that. The world loves him. Europe is excited about him and can't wait for his visit.

    And guess what, the American people gave him every penny to spend on his campaign. You know why – because they no a real leader and they believe in change. Don't hate – appreciate!

    Now cry about that – Obama is #1 – he's got it like. He is all that and then some. Don't like it – toooooooooooooooooooo bad. He's there and getting the spot light. Your candidate is not. LOL.

    Have a great day!

    July 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. Desmond Sequeira

    And now, the US is talking with Iran too. Good preparation for the enlightened Presidency of Barack OBAMA .

    Soon the White House and McSame will be claiming that it was their idea all along !

    July 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Common Sense


    McSame is the one who's using tax payer's money ($85mil to be exact) to fund his campaign, McSame is the one who's been over seas 8 times by using tax payers money! Furthermore, I'm extremely thankful that Obama has all those acknowledging advisors because McSame don't know one heck what he's doing and could use some advising himself – even McSame's own party is following what Obama was saying all along about focusing on Afghanistan, direct diplomacy and now drawing a timetable (ooops! I mean time "horizon") and on top of that even the leader of Iraq knows Obama is more capable than these republican bozos!

    July 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. patricia

    To mike in carolline va:

    Just because someone disagrees with obama does not make them a racist. Obviously you need to go purchase a dictionary. I think the word that best describes you is ignorant.

    I dont think the white house is "copying" obamas plan, I just think its a good thing that they are finally getting ready to leave Iraq.

    July 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Mildred

    To Obama trip hurt U.S. economy, I believe you fell off McNut bus. You sound like a fool. Shut up and listen so you can get your fact right.

    July 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Timothy

    When Mccain went 8 times did he hurt the U. S, economy ? Republicans one word LOSER!!!!

    July 19, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Darryl Arlington Texas Obama supporter

    Let's not call Senator John McCain a racist because he is not one to my knowledge. John McCain would attempt to slam Senator Obama for standing correct on the major issues Senatot Obama is showing time and time again that he has the judgement to lead. Look at what the White house is doing and saying ? Let's look at who said it first...

    Senator John McCain if your a true leader you need to start by acknowledging what Senator Obama has said and what the IRAQ President has said ...

    July 19, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Tom

    Come on really? Next Obama will take credit for the sun rising the next day. Bush has always maintained tropps will be withdrawn pending status on the ground. The surge worked, and as more Iraqi control takes place, we can draw down troops. Obama's "plan" has nothing to do with that.

    July 19, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Joe Reg

    The people's wish will prevail this year.
    It is too late for this repubs administration to pretend to see the light.

    They have had 8 years and they bring difficult time. No more repubs this year.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 19, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Aboleo

    "amateurs study strategy, Professionals study logistics"

    This is a dog a pony show. All wars end and this one is ending with a US Victory. Interesting how Obama is for 16 months when even Stevie Wonder could see that this war is won and a pullback is achievable. This is new?

    July 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. JG from MA-Obamabot and proud of it


    From me, and 1.5 million others like me

    It might help, if he becomes president, if the rest of the world knew him.

    He does

    Point taken, How much did McCains private Jet, and 8 trips to Iraq cost us? Why does McCain need 300 advisers, some of which believe that there is nothing wrong with the US economy?

    During how many of those visits was he a major presidential contender, rather than just a normal senator? If I recall correctly, one, during which the media covered him very closely.

    Obama/Whoever-he-wants '08

    July 19, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. McShame lost his McMarbles

    Whats with that "trip hurts us economy " if idiot writing that had a brain they would be dangerous .
    McCain was afraid he would misspeak AGAIN even though he had his elbow puppets along so McMarbles we are used to you speaking out both sides your pie hole best if you shut it.
    Did McShame fill his wallet when he was over seas hells bells he cant even draw a crowd mush less fill a wallet as lobbyists are his money source .
    McShame depends on DEPENDs Cindy is just for de change.
    Obama we love you / do keep safe you are our Hope ,Inspiration, Yes We Can and a Change We Can Believe In . Behind you all the way to the White House.

    July 19, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. kamp in texas

    wow,i can't believe cnn will post such rubish on the site,talking about obama and his terrorist friends!this republican lunatic asking questions that should have been pose to mcCain when he did his foreign trips.and oh,candy crowley at cnn we know you are anti-obama so stop with the bias reporting!i think you hurt cos you not getting one on one with the guy.it seems to me candy has been appointed by the pro hillary cnn executives to do the hachet job on obama,anytime she does a piece its so bias!!!!!shame on you candy crowly or whateva ur name is!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Robert

    Then we know it is wrong! Their words of agreement should be looked at with skeptism! Unless of course you are an Obamaite....

    July 19, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Jake

    CNN says they moderate comments, yet they allow obviously racist omments to be posted by people like "OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!"

    Which doesn't even make sense because he complains about Obama going overseas as hurting the economy yet at the same time praises McCain for going 8 times, wouldn't that be 8 times worse by his convoluted logic?

    So really CNN what are you moderating when drivel like that is allowed to be posted. Probably my post, because it's far too logical.

    July 19, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Steve

    Comedy gold.

    July 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Jim Richmond

    Obama has done nothing so far to change anything nor did he outline anything to change our governement. He did out line, hoever, his socialist philosophy for our friends on the left to understand easily. Anytime you agree with college kids, we are in trouble as a society. You have to rememeber, by nature, college kids are on the far left until they get out and get a real job. They normally come around to the middle and even be a conservative on our monetary policy.

    July 19, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. Alex in MA

    To "Obama Trip Hurts US Economy!", you are an idiot.

    July 19, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. Bill B

    Mclosing his mind Cain, been in there 8 times and what has he done, nnnnnothing, did he even remember going there, since he cant remember that countries aren't around anymore or that his campaign things that this country is nothing but a bunch of whiners, I he cant remember that gas is $4 and some change, hell in some places $5, food is up, hell everything in this country is up since that THIEF (BUSH and his other thiefs stole the election in 2000 and 04, Republicans are nothing but a bunch of thieves

    July 19, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. hillwho

    Looks like "16" is one of Obama most favorite number(withdraw from Iraq), sure, everyone agree with the number: Iraq, liberal, or even al-qedea ? Obama second favorite number must be "25" (raise tax on people making over $250,000, looks like I have to vote for him, because I will never make that kind of money .... Let me guess his next 4 favorite number, and go buy the lotto ....

    July 19, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. CT IN ON

    I agree with mike in caroline. I think the person who put up the comment about obama hurts US economy is ignorant and doesn't read much. It's people like him/her that make the rest of the world have low opinions of the US. The US needs a fresh change in direction to be a better country than it has been in the past eight years and so that the rest of the world can begin again to look at the US as a respectable country. Question is who is going to provide it. Not McCain for sure. His ideas are not refreshing. It's more of the same as the wreckless direction of the Bush administration.

    July 19, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. Tony, Miami


    I don't know what this no name person was trying to prove.
    What I would like to know:
    Is it the first time in the US history that a nominee accepts fund raisings?
    Is it something only the democrats favored?

    I understand why this no name person didn't put his name, it's because all he or her is saying is a lot of BS and nothing more than BS and he or she knows it.

    July 19, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Robert

    Then we know it is wrong! Their words of agreement should be looked at with skeptism! Unless of course you are an Obamaite….

    Dick in Sioux Falls....wow – how do you know that? All the news people say something quite different or haven't you been listening lately. And what you describe is common for ANY of our Representatives who go to Iraq or Afghanistan...oh ya, that's wright – Obama wouldn't know – he hasn't been there.

    Mike in carolline va....and your point is? As far as I am concerned – not only should Obama have been having meeting with his fellow Senators with is sub-committee but – this is a photo op session as soon as he leaves Iraq/Afghanistan. The rest of the political rally should be on the dime of his campaign. All eyes are watching.

    July 19, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Sometimes the truth does slip out...to everyones benefit.

    July 19, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. obama will win georgia

    a "horizon" is merely the illusion of a specific point that appears off in the distance. in other words, the horizon continues to shift. while u may reach the point that was once on the horizon, you never reach the actual horizon. my suspicion is that rice/bush actually mean horizon and not time table. and should mccain get elected, he will follow their plan and keep the horizon moving until we have been there 100 years.

    mccains foreign policy experience came mostly during the reagan cold war years. the world is very different and we need a different worldview than the one born in the Hanoi Hilton and matured during the Reagan-Thatcher years.

    July 19, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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